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The Best Amusement Parks to visit in Japan

Japan's impressive roster of world-beloved amusement parks are just another way of having fun when visiting the island nation!

Japan Travel Tips for Seniors

Japan, where contemporary innovation meets cultural heritage, is attracting more and more senior travelers in search of new experiences

Honeymoon in Japan: Our Tips for Traveling Newlyweds

Japan is becoming one of the world' s most popular honeymoon destinations.

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How to get from Kanazawa to Takayama

Go from Kanazawa to Takayama with the Hokuriku Shinkansen and the Hida Express Train!

Matsumoto Castle in Nagano

How to get from Tokyo to Matsumoto

Use the Azusa Limited Express Train to get from the metropolitan capital of Japan, Tokyo, to the historically rich but modest town of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture!

Kyoto

How to get from Kyoto to Osaka

No two cities are said to represent the Kansai Region more than Kyoto and Osaka, and getting from one to the other is made easy with the popular limited express trains that service the area!

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How to get from Nagoya to Takayama

The terminal station of the Hida Limited Express, Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, goes out to the other side of Honshu Island to the Japan Sea Coast, and halfway through, it stops at Takayama, a nature

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How to get from Nagoya to Kyoto

Get from Nagoya to Kyoto, two of the most famous cities in Japan, using the famous Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line. 

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How to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa

See the best way to get from Kyoto to Kanazawa using the Thunderbird Limited Express Train and Shinkansen bullet train!

Sumida River: Exploring Tokyo's iconic waterway

The Sumida River is one of Tokyo's most iconic and historically significant rivers, winding its way for 27 kilometers through the heart of the city.

The Shōnan-Shinjuku Line connects Tokyo to the Shōnan coast

Shonan Shinjuku Line: A Direct Connection Through the Heart of Tokyo

The Shonan Shinjuku Line connects the major metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Yokohama with the beach resorts of the Shonan region in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Food in Japanese: Exploring the Rich and Diverse Culinary Landscape of Japan

Japan boasts a rich and diverse culinary scene deeply rooted in history and culture. Understanding Japanese food terms is key to appreciating the nuances of the cuisine.

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Golden Week Travel Advice

Japan will celebrate Golden Week from April 29 to May 6, 2024, which comprises four national holidays: Showa Day on April 29, Constitutional Memorial Day on May 3

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How to Get from Shinjuku to Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko

Many visitors to Japan dream of seeing the iconic Mount Fuji up close and exploring the scenic Kawaguchiko area at the base of the mountain.

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Yamadera, a mystical mountain temple in the heart of Japan's Tohoku region

Located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City, Yamadera is a scenic Buddhist temple complex founded over a thousand years ago in 860.

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Station Lockers in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide for Travelers

Traveling around Japan is an incredible experience, but hauling heavy luggage can quickly put a damper on your adventures.

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Discovering the JR Yokosuka Line: Your gateway to Tokyo and beyond

The JR Yokosuka Line is a major railway line connecting central Tokyo to popular destinations in Kanagawa prefecture, making it an ideal choice for tourists looking to explore the Tokyo metropolita

Asakusa Line Trains, Tokyo

Asakusa Line Tokyo - Discover the Toei Subway Line Connecting Key Areas of the City

The Asakusa Line is a vital subway line in Tokyo, forming part of the Toei Subway network operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation.

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Midosuji Line Osaka: The key north-south subway route through central Osaka

The Midosuji Line is the oldest and one of the most important subway lines in Osaka, Japan.

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Shinkansen Japan Rail Pass: The Ultimate Guide

The Japan Rail Pass is an economical and convenient way for foreign tourists to travel around Japan by train, especially on the famous shinkansen bullet trains.

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Sanyo Shinkansen: Your guide to Japan's western bullet train line

The Sanyo Shinkansen is a high-speed bullet train line connecting major cities in western Japan. It runs from Shin-Osaka to Hakata (Fukuoka), passing through Kobe, Himeji, Okayama, and Hiroshima.

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Senbazuru: The Japanese art of folding 1,000 origami cranes

Senbazuru, which translates to "1,000 cranes" in Japanese, is a longstanding tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes.

Omoide Yokocho: a lively and nostalgic alley in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Tucked away near the bustling West Exit of Shinjuku Station, Omoide Yokocho is a warren of narrow alleys that transports visitors to a different era.

Genkan: the traditional Japanese entryway

The genkan is a distinctive and important feature of Japanese homes and buildings, serving as a transitional space between the exterior and interior.

The sika deer : A fascinating species native to East Asia

The sika deer (Cervus nippon) is a captivating species native to much of East Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, eastern China, Korea, and parts of Russia.

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Train symbols in Japan: Understanding the complex naming and numbering schemes

Japan's extensive and efficient train network can be overwhelming for visitors at first glance.

Japanese symbols - Exploring the fascinating world of Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji

The Japanese language uses a complex writing system comprised of three main types of symbols: hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

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Tsumago: Stepping back in time in a beautifully preserved Edo period post town

Nestled in the heart of Japan's Kiso Valley lies Tsumago, one of the best preserved post towns from the Edo-period.

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Hanshin Railway: Connecting Osaka and Kobe

The Kansai region of Japan is a popular destination for travelers, offering a blend of modern cities and historic attractions.

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Takayama Station

Takayama City is located in northern Gifu, one of the few fully inland prefectures in Japan with no seacoast.

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Shimbashi: Discover the historic and lively district in the heart of Tokyo

Nestled in the heart of Tokyo, Shimbashi is a district in Minato ward that effortlessly blends rich history, vibrant nightlife, and a diverse culinary scene.

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Discover the JR Sagano Line: Your gateway to Kyoto's top attractions

The JR Sagano Line is a popular railway for tourists visiting Kyoto, as it connects Kyoto Station to important stops like Nijo, Uzumasa and Saga-Arashiyama.

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Tokyo Fashion Week as a visitor to Japan

Undeniably influential to the development of the modern fashion landscape, Tokyo is widely considered a mecca for fashion enthusiasts for its distinct range of aesthetics and environment that allow

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Ushiku Daibutsu: Discover the towering Buddha statue in Ibaraki, Japan

Located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Ushiku Daibutsu is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world.

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Ginza Subway Line: The Historic Heart of Tokyo's Metro System

The Ginza Line is Tokyo's oldest subway line, opened in 1927. It runs through central Tokyo, connecting major districts like Shibuya, Ginza and Asakusa.

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Komainu: The Fierce Guardians of Japan's Sacred Shrines and Temples

Visitors to Japan's numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are often greeted by a pair of imposing lion-like statues flanking the entrance.

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Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line: A Comprehensive Guide

The Marunouchi Line is the second oldest subway line in Tokyo, operated by Tokyo Metro. It runs in a U-shape from Ogikubo to Ikebukuro, with a branch line to Hōnanchō.

Japanese wedding: honoring traditions while embracing modern influences

Traditional Japanese weddings blend ancient customs with contemporary style, creating a unique and meaningful celebration of love.

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Exploring Okubo, Tokyo's vibrant Koreatown

Nestled in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo, lies Okubo, a neighborhood that has transformed into a bustling Koreatown over the past few decades.

Where to admire the cherry blossoms in spring

Japan is renowned for its distinct and beautiful seasons. One of the most eagerly awaited is undoubtedly spring, with the blossoming of the sakura cherry trees.

The Chuo Main Line in Tajimi, Gifu - serving mainly the localities

Chuo Line Tokyo: Your Complete Guide to Riding the Central JR Line

The Chuo Line is a major JR train line running through central Tokyo.

Original melon pan at Kagetsudo

Street food in Asakusa: Indulge in culture and cuisine

One of the most iconic locations in Eastern Tokyo is Asakusa, largely cited as the main hub of Tokyo’s “Shitamachi.” Shitamachi refers to one of the two major historic districts of Tokyo, and the n

Toyotomi Hideyoshi: The Unifier of Japan

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, born to a humble peasant family in 1537 CE, rose through the ranks to become one of Japan's most powerful and influential figures.

Meanings and uses of the Japanese phrase "so desu ne"

Desu ne meaning: Understanding the versatile Japanese phrase

The Japanese phrase "desu ne" is commonly encountered by learners of the language, but its various meanings and uses can be confusing at first.

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How to exchange your train tickets in Japan ?

In this article, we’ll detail where and how to exchange the QR code associated with your booking into physical train tickets in Japan - as the country didn’t yet take the leap to digital train tick

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New places to discover in Japan in 2024

Will you be traveling to Japan this year? Dive into an enchanting journey through new places to discover.

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Tanegashima: Exploring the fascinating history, culture and activities of Japan's island

Nestled in the East China Sea, Tanegashima is the second largest of the Ōsumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

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Excursion to Yakushima: At the heart of Princess Mononoke Island

Many visitors to Japan share the same desire when visiting the country: to "get off the beaten track". 

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The best JR trains to appreciate the natural scenery of Tohoku and East Japan

Moving up the Japanese archipelago from the Kanto region brings travelers to East Japan, comprising the six prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Akita, and Yamagata, and prefectures lik

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Pontocho: Kyoto's Enchanting Alley of Dining, Entertainment, and Geisha Culture

Nestled along the western bank of the Kamogawa River, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most atmospheric and charming dining and entertainment districts.

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Koenji: exploring Tokyo's retro and bohemian neighborhood

Tucked away in western Tokyo, Koenji is a neighborhood that marches to the beat of its own drum.

Ginkakuji - The Silver Pavilion temple of Kyoto

Nestled in the serene hills of eastern Kyoto, Ginkakuji is a stunning Zen temple renowned for its exquisite architecture and tranquil gardens.

Hibiya Line, Tokyo Subway

Hibiya Line Tokyo: The Essential Guide

The Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line is a key subway line that runs across central Tokyo, connecting the city's southwest and northeast.

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TeamLab Borderless: reopened and reimagined at Azabudai Hills

Few art collectives have garnered the international recognition and appeal of the TeamLab group, initially founded in 2001 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Azabudai Hills: Japan's tallest building blends commerce and culture

The newest addition to the Mori JP Development Project roster of skyscrapers in Tokyo, Azabudai Hills, stands as the current tallest building in Japan, only being eclipsed by Tokyo Skytre

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Onsen Kyoto: Your Guide to the Best Hot Springs in Japan's Ancient Capital

Kyoto is renowned for its temples, gardens and traditional culture, but it also offers a relaxing onsen experience.

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The Shinkansen Bullet Train Network

The first Shinkansen was issued for public use in 1964, right before the Summer Olympics held in Tokyo that same year.

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Onsen: a short guide to proper etiquette

Onsen (hot springs) and sento (public baths) are great places to relax. They are distinct communal areas with very precise rules of good conduct and etiquette.

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Osaka Subway: A Comprehensive Guide for Visitors

Osaka, a bustling metropolis in the heart of Japan's Kansai region, boasts an extensive and efficient subway system that makes exploring the city's main areas and attractions a bre

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The Nara Period: A Brief but Influential Era in Early Japanese History

The Nara period (710-794 CE) was a short but significant era in early Japanese history, following the Asuka period.

Shimenawa: The Sacred Ropes of Japan and Their Significance in Shinto

Shimenawa are large ropes made of rice straw or hemp commonly seen at Shinto shrines, torii gates, and sacred landmarks in Japan.

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Horyuji Temple: The World's Oldest Wooden Buddhist Structures

Located in the tranquil city of Nara, Horyuji Temple is one of Japan's oldest temples and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Japanese Serow: Japan's Emblematic Forest-Dwelling Goat-Antelope

The Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus) is an even-toed ungulate mammal endemic to Japan.

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Discovering the unique blend of cultures in Fussa, a charming city in western Tokyo

Nestled in the western part of Tokyo, Fussa is a captivating city that effortlessly blends American and Japanese cultures.

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Discovering the authentic rural charm of Miyama, Japan's thatched roof farmhouse village

Nestled in the mountains about 50 kilometers north of Kyoto city, Miyama is a remote rural area known for its over 200 traditional thatched roof farmhouses, or kayabuki.

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Discover Western Japan's Hidden Gems

Of Japan’s four primary islands, Honshu is the largest and most populous and is often considered the nation’s mainland.

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Discover Tokyo's automated Yurikamome Line - your scenic link to Odaiba and Toyosu

The Yurikamome is Tokyo's first driverless, automated transit line linking Shinbashi Station to Toyosu via the artificial island of Odaiba.

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Kyoto off the beaten path: see the ancient capital in a whole new way!

Kyoto as a destination needs very little in terms of introduction.

Sensō-ji: Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest-established temple, dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.

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Cherry blossoms in Japan - Forecast 2024

The blossoming of cherry trees, called sakura in Japanese, heralds the arrival of spring. Embodying the ephemeral, they reveal their beauty for just two weeks.

Keihin-Tōhoku Line train approaching Akihabara Station, Tokyo

Keihin-Tohoku Line: Connecting Tokyo, Yokohama and key destinations

The Keihin-Tohoku Line is a busy 59.1km railway line crossing through Tokyo, connecting Saitama, central Tokyo and Yokohama.

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Keihan Line: Exploring Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga by Train

The Keihan railway lines are a convenient way to travel between Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga.

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Omotesando: Tokyo's luxury shopping boulevard and architectural wonder

Omotesando is a tree-lined avenue that stretches from Harajuku to Aoyama in Tokyo's Shibuya district.

The Majestic Red-Crowned Crane: Symbol of Longevity and Peace in East Asia

The red-crowned crane is a rare and iconic species found in East Asia.

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Tokaido Shinkansen - The Bullet Train Connecting Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

The bullet train going from Tokyo to Osaka has three different lines. What's the difference? Read more to find out.

Motonosumi Shrine

Yamaguchi Guide

All the way on the southern end of Honshu Island, just north of Kyushu, is Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Japanese Buddhism: history, schools, and cultural influence

Buddhism arrived in Japan from Korea in the 6th century CE and had a profound and lasting impact on Japanese culture.

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The Four Seasons of Japan: A Traveler's Guide

Japan is known for its distinct four seasons, each offering unique experiences and attractions for visitors.

Japan Area Code: Everything You Need to Know About Calling Japan

Japan is a crucial destination for both business and tourism, attracting visitors from all over the world.

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How to get from Osaka to Fukuoka

Go from the largest city in Kansai to the largest city in Kyushu with the Shinkansen bullet train! 

Discover the Welcome Suica

Specially designed for tourists on short and medium-term trips. Discover Welcome Suica travel cards!

Ochanomizu, Tokyo

Ochanomizu: Exploring Tokyo's historic tea water district

Ochanomizu is a historic neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan, known for its association with the Shogun's tea during the Edo period, its vibrant music and sports equipment scene, and its proximity to majo

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Can I ride the Nozomi & Mizuho Shinkansen with the Japan Rail Pass?

The Shinkansen bullet train is hailed as one of the most premium and efficient means of rail travel in the entire world, making it a popular choice for visitors to Japan who are engaging in

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Understanding Electricity and Voltage in Japan for Travelers

Traveling to Japan is an exciting adventure, but it requires some practical preparation to ensure a smooth trip.

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Onsen in Japan: A Guide to Natural Hot Springs and Relaxation

Onsen, meaning "hot springs" in Japanese, are natural springs heated by geothermal activity beneath the earth's surface.

Twilight Express Mizukaze

The Twilight Express Mizukaze is a super luxury sleeper train in Japan.

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Kyoto Imperial Palace: a historic gem in the heart of Kyoto

Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.

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William Adams: The First Englishman to Reach Japan and Become a Samurai

Read a biography of William Adams, the English seafarer and samurai of the Edo Period. Adams became an adviser to shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa.

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Kyoto University

Kyoto University is a renowned national research university located in Kyoto, Japan.

How to get from Kyoto to Hakone

Hakone, a common trip for those coming from Kansai, is a great location to enjoy some of the best natural scenery in all of Japan. The two locations are connected via the Tokaido Shinkansen.

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Tokugawa Ieyasu - The unifier of Japan

Read a biography of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who became shogun in 1600 and established the Tokugawa shogunate that was to rule Japan for over 250 years.

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How to get from Osaka to Hiroshima

These two major cities in the more southern portion of Honshu Island are some of the most eccentric destinations in all of Japan. Both have a rich history and a fair share of attractions to visit.

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How to get from Kyoto to Tokyo

Going from the former capital of Kyoto to the current capital of Tokyo can be like traveling through time.

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How to get from Osaka to Tokyo

Getting from Osaka, the largest city in Kansai, out to Tokyo, the largest city in Japan (and the world as a whole via population), is a common journey for those either starting their Japan journeys

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Kirin beer: a premium Japanese lager crafted with precision and tradition

Kirin Brewery Company, one of Japan's oldest and most renowned breweries, has a rich history dating back to 1885.

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Travelling to Japan in winter

With pleasant, dry, sunny weather, snow and low tourist numbers, winter is perhaps one of the best times to visit the Japanese archipelago.

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How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

The trip from the current capital of Tokyo to the ancient capital of Kyoto is a common journey for those traveling on Japan’s Golden Route, an itinerary popular with first-time visitors to Japan th

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Shinkansen Bullet Trains in Japan

The best way to travel around Japan is on a high speed Bullet Train. Order your Japan Rail Pass today online!

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Harry Potter studios in Tokyo

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the wizarding world at the new Warner Bros. studios in Tokyo!

Is the Japan Rail Pass right for you?

Offering a medley of benefits, such as convenience, flexibility, and wide-ranging access, the Japan Rail Pass is a popular choice for visitors to Japan.

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7 train tips for first-time travelers to Japan!

Japan’s rail system is largely developed and is a very practical means of transportation both locally and cross-country, so both residents and tourists alike find themselves riding trains almost on

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Why you should get a JR Pass: 5 benefits of the Japan Rail Pass

Japan’s world-famous public transportation system is largely organized and operated by the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), and this same organization issues a special transit tick

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How many places can you see on your trip to Japan? The must-sees

A first trip to Japan is always exciting, and travelers always want to see as much as possible.

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Yasaka shrine: history, festivals, and visitor information

The brightly painted Yasaka-jinja Shrine is one of the city's best known and most popular landmarks, especially the two-story vermilion entrance gate at the end of Shijo-dori Avenue.

KYOTOPHONIE

Created in 2023, Kyotophonie is an international music event held in Kyoto Prefecture, bringing together dozens of artists from all over the world, performing in unique settings and staging in

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Traditional Arts & Crafts of Tohoku

Located north of the main island of the Japanese archipelago, the northern part of Honshu known as Tohoku has its own cultural identity and traditions passed down from generations for years.

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iRASSHAi: the new concept store for Japanese cuisine lovers in Paris!

A spacious grocery store, two restaurants, a café, a bar, a take-away counter, a cooking class studio... All in a sublime, sleek, Japanese-style 800m² space in the heart of Paris.

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We tried Monya, a kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo

We tried out the Monya restaurant in Tokyo, which specializes in kaiseki meals!

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How to Make the Most Out of the Japan Rail Pass

Many visitors enjoy traveling by rail in Japan: The network is broad, the trains are roomy and comfortable, and they are always on time!

National Japan Rail Pass vs Regional Passes: Which should you choose?

For most travelers to Japan, the country’s lucrative and well-established public transportation system will be the primary means of moving around, and as an overseas visitor, the options of the rai

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Travelling alone in Japan: Our top tips for a solo trip

Freedom, cultural immersion, and unforgettable encounters: solo travel in Japan will be an experience like no other.

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A tour of the Iwa 5 Sake Brewery: An assemblage of craft and culture

Founded in 2019 via the collaborative effort of some of the food industry's most recognizable figures, Iwa 5 looks to present sake to the global stage in a way that embraces both tradition and prog

Summer in Japan: Furin

5 tips for surviving the Japanese summer

With its temperatures reaching 40°C in the sun and its humidity... the Japanese summer can be unbearable when you are confronted with it for the first time.

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The Food Specialties to try in the Japanese Alps

Within the literal heart of Japan exist a series of mountain ranges that bisect the main island of Honshu.

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From Tokyo to Kanazawa: A Journey via the Hokuriku Shinkansen

The Shinkansen line that would eventually become the Hokuriku Shinkansen was built before the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics to service the host city.

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The Japan Rail Pass in comparison

For years, the pass has been hailed as one of the most advantage-filled package deals in the world, not just in regards to Japan.

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Resumption of tourism in Japan : What You Need to Know !

This is it! Japan has finally relaxed all restrictions for travelers since the 11st of October. 

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11 real life anime locations to visit in Japan

Are you a fan of anime and dream of visiting the places that inspired them?

11 must-see places for otaku in Japan

Going to Japan and wondering how you can immerse yourself in the country's otaku culture?

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Should I get a SIM Card when travelling to Japan?

Prepaid SIM cards allow for high-speed data usage during travels to Japan, but whether or not purchasing one is the best option for an upcoming trip depends on the individual.

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Traveling to Japan: Tips for traveling with the Family

Traveling with the family can be one of the most rewarding experiences to have, especially to Japan. Take a look at the following tips to ensure a great time for adults and children alike!

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Yamagata: Travel guide

Yamagata Prefecture is located in Tohoku, on the northwest coast of Honshu.

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Traveling to Japan: Should I buy a Japan Rail Pass or Rent a Car?

Traveling Japan often entails railway travel, and with that, the Japan Rail Pass is a very popular options.

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Japan Rail Pass Tips & Tricks

The Japan Rail Pass boasts a medley of benefits for travelers to Japan, but for first-time users, using it to its maximum potential may not be fully known.

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Different types of Shinkansen Cars

The Shinkansen bullet train is one of the most popular ways of traveling across Japan and hosts a number of types of cars with varying features that cater to travelers of all needs.

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Top 10 parks and gardens in Tokyo

While Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, its atmosphere remains particularly peaceful and welcoming, in part thanks to its many green spaces.

Tama and Shima, Tokyo's secret islands

While Tokyo is often seen as a busy and bustling megacity, its lesser-known maritime territory could not be any more different.

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How to Reserve Seats on the Train in Japan

Reserving seats serves as a great option for travelers in order to insure the optimal means of commute on Japan's famous railways, especially during the busy travel times during Spring, Fall, and F

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New Luggage Reservation Rules for the Shinkansen

Travel in Japan is largely associated with the Shinkansen, but as of 2020 there are new luggage regulations when traveling with oversized baggage that require a train reservation.

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Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices

Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices: the major offices throughout Japan where an Exchange Order can be exchanged for a Japan Rail Pass. Below are a few of the 51 offices throughout Japan where th

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Jorudan

If you want to optimize your time when taking the train in Japan, you should plan your routes well in advance (and ensure that you order your Japan Rail Pass prior to departing for Japan).

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Smartphone apps to use for your trip to Japan

Check out a few of our favorite apps to use when traveling Japan by rail, including applications for navigation, time schedules, and general quality of life!

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Sakura Views from the Train

If you're planning your trip for cherry blossom season, which goes from mid-March to mid-April depending on the region, you can make the most of your travel time right from your seat with these stu

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Hara Station Nagoya

Hara Station is a subway station in the east of Nagoya on the Tsurumai Line. Hara is one stop after Hirabari going west; the next stop is Ueda Station.

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Discover Kinosaki Onsen, the village with 7 hot springs

Famous for 7 mystical hot springs, Kinosaki Onsen is a village with more than 1,300 years of history and culture.

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Akechi Tetsudo Akechi Railway

The Akechi Tetsudo (Akechi Railway) train makes the journey between Ena and Akechi in Gifu Prefecture, not far from Nagoya.

Kuramaguchi Station, Kyoto.

Kuramaguchi Station

Kuramaguchi Station (鞍馬口 ) is a subway station on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Imadegawa Station.

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Tsurumai Line Nagoya Subway

The Tsurumai Line of the Nagoya subway runs east-west from Kami Otai Station to Akaike Station with connections to Inuyama from Kami Otai and Toyota from Akaike.

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The JR Yamanote Line

The JR Yamanote line runs in a loop around Tokyo; a full circuit takes about an hour.

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Hanzomon Station Tokyo

Hanzomon Station (半蔵門駅) is in the Kojimachi district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward and serves one of Tokyo’s most elegant neighborhoods.

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Shinto & Shrines

A guide for travellers to Japan on Shintoism and visiting shrines with information sourced from a 17th generation Shinto Priestess. 

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Nakatsu Station

JR Nakatsu Station in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu is served by the Sonic and Nichirin Limited Express trains which run between Hakata Station and Miyazaki.

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JR Banetsu Line

The JR Banetsu West Line and JR Banetsu East Line connect Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture with Niitsu and Iwaki respectively.

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Matsuyama-shi Station

Matsuyama-shi Station (as known as Matsuyama City Station or shieki) is the other major railway station in Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku along with JR Matsuyama Station.

Meguro Station

Meguro Station Tokyo

Meguro Station in Tokyo is on the circular Yamanote Line, the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, the Tokyu Meguro Line between Meguro and Hiyoshi and the Toei Mita Line from Meguro to Nishi-Takashimadaira

Nagoya Tsurumai Train

Tsurumai Line Nagoya Subway

The Tsurumai Line (鶴舞線) is one of the six main subway lines of the Nagoya subway system. It runs east to west from Kami Otai (T01) to Akaike (T20).

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Kochi Station

Kochi Station is the main point of access for Kochi city and is also a highway bus terminal and on the Kochi tram network.

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Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express

The Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express sightseeing train runs along the scenic Nichinan Coast from Miyazaki Station to Nango.

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JR Kisuki Line

Starting at JR Shinji (San-in Line), on the shore of Lake Shinji the JR Kisuki Line travels 82 kilometers to terminate at Bingo-Ochiai Station Hiroshima.

Fujigaoka Station Entrance

Fujigaoka Station Nagoya

Fujigaoka Station is at the eastern end of the Higashiyama (Yellow) Line of the Nagoya subway.

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Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line

Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line: the Kamiiida Line & Meitetsu Komaki Line connects Heian-dori Station in Nagoya with Inuyama to the north.

Izumo Station

Izumo-shi Station

JR Izumo Station JR出雲市駅 in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture is built in the style of the nearby Izumo Taisha shrine. Izumo Taisha is the main attraction in town.

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Horyuji Station Nara JR Yamatoji Line

Horyuji Station is on the JR Yamatoji Line and is a 20 minute walk from Horyuji Temple in Nara. The station has coin lockers and is staffed.

Anpanman Train

The Anpanman Train is a special train running in Shikoku with liveries and interior decorations on the theme of the popular Anpanman children's manga and anime series.

Marutamachi Platform Sign

Marutamachi Station Kyoto

Marutamachi Station is a station on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Karasuma Oike (the interchange station with the Tozai Line).

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Nagoya Kintetsu Station

Nagoya Kintetsu Station: read a guide to Nagoya Kintetsu Station and Kintetsu train information from Nagoya to Osaka.

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Sakaisuji Line

The Sakaisuji Subway Line in Osaka runs from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station north-south to Tengachaya Station via Kitahama, Ebisucho and Dobutsuen-mae stations.

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Osaka Monorail

Osaka Monorail at 21km was once the longest monorail in the world and runs from Osaka Itami Airport to Kadoma via Banpaku-Kinen-Koen.

Imadegawa Station, Kyoto.

Imadegawa Station Karasuma Line Kyoto Subway

Imadegawa Station is a subway stop on the Karasuma Line of the Kyoto subway one stop north of Marutamachi Station and one stop south of Kuramaguchi Station.

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JR Gifu Station

JR Gifu Station services one of the country's most central Prefectures, allowing access to a number of locations throughout Honshu. 

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Kanayama Station

Kanayama Station Nagoya: read a guide to Kanayama Station in Nagoya including train and subway lines and surrounding attractions.

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Nerima Station

Nerima Station in western Tokyo is a busy commuter station on the Toei Oedo Line, the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Seibu Toshima Line.

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Okuizumo Orochi Train

The Okuizumo Orochi train offers a relaxed and scenic train ride through remote mountains and valleys in an open car through Shimane and Hiroshima prefectures.

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Tsurumai Station Nagoya

Tsurumai Station Nagoya is a railway station on the Tsurumai subway line and JR Chuo Line from Nagoya Station to Nakatsugawa.

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Asakusabashi Station

Asakusabashi Station: read a guide to Asakusabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Subway Line and the JR Chuo-Sobu Line.

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Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Station is the main point of access for train travelers to Hiroshima city with shinkansen connections west to Hakata and east to Osaka and Tokyo.

Shibuya Crossing

Japan Train Travel Tips

Optimize your time in Japan with these travel tips to help you get around!

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Linimo

The Linimo is an unmanned Maglev (magnetic-levitated) train that runs from Fujigaoka Station on the Higashiyama Line in Nagoya to Yakusa near the site of the 205 Aichi Expo.

Hagi Yamaguchi

Getting Around Hagi

Getting Around Hagi: find information on trains to Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture, its railway stations, long distance buses and the Hagi Loop Bus.

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Yamashina Station Kyoto

Yamashina Station in north east Kyoto is made up of three stations: JR Yamashina Station, the Yamashina subway station and Keihan Yamashina Station on the Keishin Line.

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Meijo Line Nagoya Subway

The Meijo Line is a circular, loop line of the Nagoya subway network running from Kanayama through Sakae, Motoyama, yagoto and Aratama-bashi stations.

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Aso Boy Trains

Aso Boy Trains: Since 2011 the Aso Boy limited express train has been running, not surprisingly considering its name, to and from Mount Aso, the massive volcano in the middle of the island.

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Shin-Kobe Station

Shin-Kobe Station in Kobe is a shinkansen station on the Sanyo Line and also connects with the Kobe subway and the Shin-Kobe ropeway.

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Kawasemi-Yamasemi Kingfisher Sightseeing Train

The Kawasemi-Yamasemi, Kingfisher Sightseeing Train entered service in 2017 and runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi in Kyushu.

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Keio Inokashira Line

The busy 12.7km Keio Inokashira Line runs from Shibuya Station to Kichijoji Station in Tokyo.

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Utsunomiya Station

Utsunomiya Station is the main point of access for rail services to Utsunomiya city in Tochigi Prefecture in the northern Kanto.

Kiso Fukushima Station

Kiso Fukushima Station

Kiso Fukushima Station is a JR station serving the pleasant town of Kiso Fukushima in Nagano Prefecture. Kiso Fukushima Station is on the Chuo Main Line.

Sonic Express

Sonic Train

Sonic Train From Hakata to Oita ソニック: JR Kyushu's Sonic is an express train running from Hakata Station in Fukuoka to Oita via Beppu.

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Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland: Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disney Resort is the world's most visited theme park. Tokyo Disneyland is located in Chiba a short journey from Tokyo Station.

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Gifu Meitetsu Station

A guide to Gifu Meitetsu Station in Gifu city, Gifu Prefecture.

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Nijo Station

Nijo Station Kyoto: find information on Kyoto's JR Nijo Station including train and subway services and nearby attractions including Nijo Castle.

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Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station: find information on Kyoto Station including rail services from Kyoto Station, the Kyoto subway and trains to Kansai international Airport (KIX).

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Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki Station: read a guide to Nagasaki Station which has connections to Hakata Station in Fukuoka, Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch and other destinations in Nagasaki Prefecture.

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Fukui Station

Fukui Station: read a guide to Fukui Station with connections to Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya,

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Takamatsu Transport

Takamatsu, the prefectural capital of Kagawa Prefecture, is one of the four main cities (Kochi, Matsuyama and Tokushima are the others) on the island of Shikoku.

Kitanohakubaicho Station, Kyoto.

Kitano Hakubaicho Station Kyoto

Kitano Hakubaicho Station is a terminus of the Keifuku Electric Railway out further west to Arashiyama. The station is close to Ritsumeikan University.

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Musashi-Kosugi Station

Musashi-Kosugi Station is a major railway station in Kawasaki on the Yokosuka Line, Nambu Line, Toyoko Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line and the Meguro Line.

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Hitoyoshi Station

Hitoyoshi Station in Kumamoto is on the Hisatsu Line and is the terminus for several scenic trains: the Kawasemi Yamasemi, Isaburo Shinpei and Hitoyoshi SL.

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Bantan Line

Bantan Line (播但線): the Bantan Line connects Himeji and Wadayama in Hyogo Prefecture. One train on the line called the Sky Castle train depicts Takeda Castle Ruins.

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The Resort 21 Kurofune Train

The Resort 21 Kurofune is part of a series of trains that travel the Izu area, between Atami Station and Izukyu Shimoda Station in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Airport Narita Rapid Train

The Airport Narita (not to be confused with the Narita Express, NE'X) is a rapid train providing access between Narita Airport and south-western greater Tokyo.

Tsukuba Station

Tsukuba Station TX Express Ibaraki

Tsukuba Station is the terminus of the Tsukuba Express (TX) that runs between Akihabara and Tsukuba (Science City) in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line

The Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line of the Osaka subway runs from Taisho Station is the south west to Kadoma-minami Station in the north east of Osaka.

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Tokorozawa Station

Tokorozawa Station in Tokorozawa, Saitama has Seibu Line trains to Ikebukuro and Nishi-Shinjuku stations in Tokyo.

Akita Station

JR Akita Station

JR Akita Station in Akita Prefecture 秋田駅 the main station in the center of the city.

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Haruka Express Train

The JR Haruka Express connects Kyoto Station with Kansai International Airport (KIX) with trains at busy times running through Shiga Prefecture to Maibara Station.

Akihabara

Akihabara Station

Akihabara Station: read a guide to Akihabara Station which connects to the Tsukuba Express, Yamanote Line and Chuo-Sobu Line.

Meitetsu Railways

Nagoya Meitetsu Railways

Meitetsu Railways 名古屋鉄道: Nagoya Railroad company aka Meitetsu Railways is a major railway network in the Chubu region of central Japan.

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Takamatsu Station

Takamatsu Station in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku is a major railway station with rail connections to Okayama, Matsuyama, Kochi and Tokushima.

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Mojiko Retro Kanko Line Shiokaze Train

Mojiko Retro Kanko Line Shiokaze Train: The Mojiko Retro Tourist Train Line runs just over two kilometers from near Mojiko Station in Mojiko to Mekari Park.

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Yufuin Station

Yufuin Station serves the very popular rural hot spring resort of Yufuin in the mountains of Oita Prefecture in Kyushu.

Keio Line Train

Keio Line & Keio New Line

The Keio Line is a private railway line in Tokyo connecting Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku with the western suburbs of Chofu, Fuchu and Keio-Hachioji.

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Kobe Subway

Kobe subway: read a guide to the Kobe subway including subway lines, stations and travel passes.

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Kokura Station

Kokura Station: Kokura Station in Kokura, the second largest station in all of Kyushu, is the main transportation hub for the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, northern Kyushu.

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Nagoya Subway

Nagoya subway guide: read a guide to Nagoya's subway system including information on Nagoya subway lines, fares, pre-paid cards and connecting stations.

Chikusa Station Entrance

Chikusa Station

Chikusa Station in Nagoya is on the Higashiyama Line of the subway and also the JR Chuo Line with Shinano trains to Matsumoto and Nagano.

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Sapporo Subway

Sapporo Subway the Sapporo Subway system has three lines and is a quick and easy way to get around the city.

Panorama Super Express

Meitetsu Station Nagoya

Nagoya Meitetsu Station: read a guide to Nagoya Meitetsu Station as well as Meitetsu train services and Meitetsu buses.

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Limited Express Super Hakuto

The Limited Express Super Hakuto is the fastest train to Tottori from Kyoto and Osaka, and travelers from Tokyo can easily change to it from the shinkansen at Shin-Osaka.

Nakatsugawa Station

Nakatsugawa Station Gifu

Nakatsugawa Station, Gifu is on the JR Chuo Line from Nagoya via Tajimi to Nakatsugawa. The Chuo Line then continues to Shiojiri, Takao, Mitaka and Tokyo.

Hamamatsucho Station, Tokyo

Hamamatsucho Station Tokyo

Hamamatsucho Station Tokyo 浜松町駅 is a busy station on the Yamanote Line and the Keihin-Tohoku Line as well as connecting to the Tokyo Monorail for Haneda.

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Fukuchiyama Line

The Fukuchiyama Line is a JR railway line between Osaka Station and Fukuchiyama in Kyoto Prefecture.

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Yurakucho Station

Yurakucho Station is one stop south of Tokyo Station on the Yamanote Line and also on the Keihin-Tohoku Line and Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line.

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Hibiya Station in Tokyo

Hibiya Station in central Tokyo serves three subway lines: the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Chiyoda Line, and the Toei Mita Line.

Takaracho Station

Takaracho Station

Takaracho Station Tokyo 宝町駅: Takaracho Station is located in the Kyobashi district of Tokyo close to Tokyo International Forum and the National Film Center.

Chiyoda Line, Tokyo Metro Subway

Chiyoda Line Tokyo Subway

The Chiyoda Line is a Tokyo subway line that connects seamlessly at both ends to the Odakyu Line to the west and the Joban Line to the east.

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Joetsu Shinkansen

Joetsu Shinkansen: read a guide to the Joetsu Shinkansen which connects Tokyo Station with Niigata Station in Niigata via Echigo Yuzawa.

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Kita Senju Station

Kita Senju Station is a major railway station in Tokyo on the Hibiya and Chiyoda metro lines, the Tsukuba Express, Joban Line and the Tobu Skytree Line.

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Higashiyama Line

The Higashiyama Line is the busiest of the six subway lines in Nagoya and runs west to east from Takabata to Fujigaoka, where it connects with the Linimo.

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Hakodate Station

Hakodate Station is a major station and point of access in Hakodate in Hokkaido with trains to Sapporo, Otaru and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

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Sendagi Station Tokyo

Sendagi Station Tokyo is a Tokyo metro line station on the Chiyoda Line close to the historic Yanaka district of Tokyo and Yanaka Ginza.

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Yonago Station

Yonago Station: Yonago Station in Tottori Prefecture is a major rail hub with trains on the San-in Line, Hakubi Line and Sakai Line.

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Kawagoe Train Stations

Kawagoe train stations: Kawagoe, in Saitama is served by three train stations: Hon Kawagoe Station, Kawagoe Station and Kawagoe-shi Station.

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Oita Station

Oita Station: read a guide to JR Oita Station which is on three lines: Nippo Line, Kyudai Line and the Hohi Line. The station is also a large shopping and entertainment center.

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Takadanobaba Station

Takadanobaba Station in Tokyo is located in the north of Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward, about halfway between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro stations.

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Karasuma Oike Station Kyoto

Karasuma Oike Station in Kyoto is the intersect station of the Karasuma and Tozai Line of the Kyoto Municipal Subway network.

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Tennoji Station

Tennoji Station: read a guide to Tennoji Station in south Osaka with details on train and bus connections and nearby sights and attractions around Tennoji.

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Jingu-Mae Station Nagoya

Jingu-Mae Station: read a guide to Jingu-Mae Station in Nagoya, a major Meitetsu Line connecting station.

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Akabane Station Tokyo

Akabane Station in Kita Ward in the very north of urban Tokyo is a busy commuter train station entirely operated by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East).

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Matsue Station Sanin Line

JR Matsue Station in Matsue in Shimane Prefecture is a main point of access for visitors to the city. JR Matsue Station is on the Sanin Line.

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Tobu Skytree Line

The Tobu Skytree Line runs from Asakusa Station in Tokyo to Tobu-Dobutsu-Koen Station in Saitama Prefecture.

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Tozai Line Kyoto Subway

The Tozai Line of Kyoto Subway runs east-west from Rokujizo Station to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station. The Tozai Line intersects with the Karasuma Line at Karasuma Oike Station.

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Kuramae Station

Kuramae Station on the Oedo Line and Kuramae Station on the Asakusa Line are both Toei-operated subway line stations in the Kuramae district.

Nippori-Toneri Liner

The Nippori-Toneri Liner is a short, automated, elevated railway in the north-east of Tokyo, serving the suburban wards of Arakawa and Adachi wards.

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Osaka Station City

Osaka Station City is the new development of the JR Umeda Station that includes department stores, roof gardens and a cinema.

Fukuchiyama Station Kyoto Prefecture

Fukuchiyama Station connects the city by train with both Osaka and Kyoto, Kansai's two biggest cities. Fukuchiyama is on the Sanin Main Line to Shimonoseki.

Tsurumai Station

Tsurumai Station: read a guide to Tsurumai Station in Nagoya with information on train connections and local attractions.

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Mito Station

Mito Station in Mito city, Ibaraki Prefecture has trains on the Joban, Suigun and Oarai Kashima lines. Ueno Station is just over an hour by express.

JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station

JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station

JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station 海浜幕張駅 - Kaihin-Makuhari Station (Kaihimmakuhari Station) in Chiba Prefecture is on the JR Keiyo Line to Tokyo Station.

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Mojiko Station Kitakyushu

Mojiko Station 門司港駅:, Kitakyushu, on the Kagoshima Main Line, is one of few remaining large scale stations made of wood in Japan.

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Aomori Station

Aomori Station is on the Ou Main Line for Shin-Aomori Station, Hirosaki Station, Akita Station, Yamagata, and Niigata and the Aoimori Railway Line for Hachinohe and Morioka.

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Gomen Nahari Line

The Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen Nahari Line (ごめん・なはり線) in Shikoku runs just over 42 kilometers between Gomen and Nahari stations.

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Aonami Line Nagoya

The Aonami Line in Nagoya runs from Nagoya Station to Kinjo-Futo Station for Port Messe Nagoya convention center and the SCMaglev & Railway Park.

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Seibu Shinjuku Station

Seibu Shinjuku Station in Shinjuku, Tokyo serves only one private railway company, Seibu Railways.

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Shintetsu Arima Line

The Shintetsu Arima Line (Kobe Dentetsu Arima-sen) is a 22.5km-long commuter railway line in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture operated by Kobe Electric Railway. It connects Arima Onsen with central Kobe.

Cherry Blossom in Tokyo

When to visit Japan to see the cherry blossoms?

The ever-popular blossoming of cherry flowers, Sakura, is a national event in Japan. However, the transience of flowers and unpredictability of the nature make forecasting difficult.

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Meiko Line

The Meiko Line is a continuation of the Meijo Line of the Nagoya subway system and runs 6km from Kanayama Station to Nagoyako Station in the Nagoya Port district of the city.

Kuko Line Fukuoka Subway

The Kuko Line (Airport Line) is one of the three subway lines in Fukuoka. The line operates from Meinohama to Fukuokakuko (Fukuoka Airport) in Hakata Ward.

JR Hohi Main Line Kumamoto - Beppu

JR Hohi Main Line: The 148 km-long JR Hohi Mainline runs in the Aso caldera region of Kyushu and connects Kumamoto Station with Oita Station.

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Hisatsu Line

Ride the slow train of the Hisatsu Line, a local railway line in Kyushu which wonderful views of the Kirishima Mountains.

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Chuo-Sobu Line

Chuo-Sobu Line: the Chuo-Sobu Line is a main east-west rail link in central Tokyo between Mitaka and Chiba.

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Miyazaki Station

Miyazaki Station is the main station for Miyazaki city, the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture at the southern end of Kyushu.

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Nose Railway Myoken Line

The Nose Railway Myoken Line runs from Kawanishi in Hyogo Prefecture to Nose in Osaka Prefecture.

Namboku Line Sapporo Subway

The Namboku Line of the Sapporo subway in Hokkaido runs north-south through Sapporo Station, Susukino, Odori and Nakajima Park.

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Attack on Titan

A real phenomenon since its release, Attack on Titan , or Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, is one of the most universally recognized manga of the last decade.

Personnages de Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

Extremely popular action-adventure shonen, despite the numerous interruptions it was subjected to to preserve its author's health, Hunter x Hunter is a real reference of the genre.

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The food specialities to try in Tohoku

Bridging Japan’s major hub of Kanto and the most northern island of Hokkaido, the Tohoku region boasts some of the main island of Honshu’s most celebrated attractions, its unique culinary culture e

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Dragon Ball

Whether you are a fan of manga or a total stranger to this universe, the name Dragon Ball will sound familiar to your ears.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

A true phenomenon of the new manga/animated generation, Demon Slayer is a staple of Japanese pop culture.

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Bleach

Bleach is a popular manga, which has just made its comeback to present its final arc (a narrative arc is characterized by a plot developed over several episodes) in an animated ver

Naruto

Naruto

As a timeless manga that has marked several generations, Naruto has revitalized the action-adventure genre in shonen.  Here is a quick overview of this intern

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One Piece

Today considered as one of the greatest mangas in existence, while also being one of the most popular, One Piece has influenced several generations.  Here is an overview of what One Piece is a

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Top 5 of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Tokyo

In Tokyo, Christmas and its festivities have managed to find their place to become real unmissable events.

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The most beautiful autumn illuminations in Kyoto

If you're visiting Kyoto during the fall, know that you are in the right place at the right time!

Morioka

How to go from Sendai to Morioka?

From Sendai to Morioka, you will find outstanding views of rural Japan to the left and right of the train.

Dotonbori, Osaka

Osaka Loop Line

The Osaka Loop Line in one of the many convenient train lines that runs through the metropolitan Osaka area.

Zao Onsen

How to go from Tokyo to Sendai?

Located just an hour and a half away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, Sendai is known for its tree-lined streets and Tanabata festival. A variety of sightseeing spots are abound on the way, too!

Noël à Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

Christmas in japan

Year after year, the Christmas spirit has managed to find its place in a Japan that worships gifts.

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Top 5 of the most beautiful autumn illuminations in Japan

Very popular in Japan, autumnal illuminations arrive at the same time as the Koyo and embellish the moment when the leaves turn red.

Mont Fuji winter

Top things to do in winter in Japan

In addition to being the season when you will have the best chance to see Mount Fuji thanks to clear weather, winter in Japan has many surprises in store for you.

The Japanese cherry trees, a symbol of the Rising Sun.

Five tips for a successful hanami

A blue tarp, a cooler full of beer, a park and cherry trees: tips for a successful hanami under the sakura.

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Ghibli Park

Located in the Aichi Expo Memorial Park, near the city of Nagoya, Ghibli Park is the most prominent attraction of the end of the year.

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Sendai Subway

Sendai subway has two lines: the north-south Namboku Line and the east-west Tozai Line. Sendai Station is the major intersection of the two lines.

Top 5 bars with the best views of Tokyo

It is well known that the Japanese capital has a real effervescence that varies depending on the district.

Tohoku Emotion train

The Tohoku Emotion

The Tohoku Emotion is a Japanese train, which crosses the northernmost part of the main island of Honshu and makes you taste the specialties of the region.

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Things to take to Japan

For a short journey or for a long vacation, prepare your bag properly to have a successful trip! 

Here is a list of the essentials to have in your bag in Japan.

 

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5 views of Tokyo available for free

With its countless buildings, its two towers, and Mount Fuji in the background, Tokyo from the sky is a treat for the eyes as well as for the heart.

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The best Japanese winter scenery

In Japan, winter is a season as beautiful as spring, summer or autumn.

Yamagata, Tohoku

Things to do in Tohoku

The Tohoku region is famous for its modern and traditional activities, which allow discovering the vastness of the region.

Kiyomizudera in Kyoto, Japan

10 Things to check before leaving

Your trip to Japan is coming up and you want to be sure you do not forget anything? Here is a checklist of the 10 essential things to prepare before the big departure! 

 

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Kansai Thru Pass

The Kansai Thru Pass allows unlimited travel on buses, trains, and subways in the Kansai region in western and central Japan.

Koraku-en Garden, Okayama

How to go from Okayama to Matsue?

Japan has always boasted a very rich historical background, and the itinerary from Okayama to Matsue is especially representative of that.

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Tohoku Guide

The Tohoku region consists of the north east part of the main island of Honshu including the six prefectures of Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.

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Using the metro in Tokyo

It is impossible to do without the subway to explore a city as large as Tokyo.

Autumn in Japan

Autumn Leaves Viewing Places

This fall, Japan Experience shares its selection of the best places to enjoy the Japanese phenomenon of kōyō, when the natural landscape is transformed and the leaves turn red.

Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

5 new places to discover in Japan in 2022

As Japan prepares to welcome foreign visitors once again, we invite you to discover 5 new magical and extravagant places, which are opening their doors this year.

La courge géante de Yayoi Kusama

Naoshima Island Tour

There are no temples, shrines or medieval castles to visit on this island in the Japanese inland sea (Setouchi), but seven spaces dedicated to contemporary art,  bathed in sunshine.

Mont Takao

Mountain hikes near Tokyo

Not far from the capital, there are some nice hikes to do in a day to escape Tokyo's crowds and neon lights. Mount Takao is the most famous, but there are many others ...

Aso

How to go from Beppu to Aso? 

The journey from Beppu to Aso will take you through Japan's volcanic areas.

Exposition Kyotographie 2021

KYOTOGRAPHIE

KYOTOGRAPHY is the Kyoto International Photography Festival, now recognized as one of the world's leading photographic events.

Cherry Blossom in Japan

Coronavirus - Update about your cancellation

Were you traveling to Japan with Japan Experience? Here is the information on how to get a credit note or refund.

Famille japonaise

Japanese surnames

In Japan, there are more than 100 000 different family names! This is much more than in China and Korea, even though they are Japan's neighbors.

Tokyo

Covid-19: How to cancel my trip to Japan

Article updated on September 1, 2022 

Wakayama Electric Railway _ Tamadensha

Wakayama Electric Railway

Wakayama Electric Railway (Dentetsu) is a private railway that runs from Wakayama city to Kishi in Kinokawa.

Interior of a Japanese train with the driver

The words to know to take the train in Japan

As an essential means of transport, the train will take you to the four corners of Japan safely, quickly, and punctually... as long as you choose your route carefully.

Nara

How to go from Kyoto to Nara ?

Discover how to go from Kyoto to Nara and its famous temples from Kyoto.

JR shikoku 8000series 8503 anpanman train

Cute Character Trains In Japan

Character Trains In Japan: see a listing of Japan's many cute character trains with special liveries and interiors such as the Anpanman train, Tama train and Yokai train.

Yosakoi Soran Matsuri Festival

The Yosakoi festival takes place every year, in June, in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.

Tsuruoka, Haguromachi Touge

How to go from Akita to Niigata? 

The route from Akita to Niigata offers great views with a Japan Rail Pass : as the train enters Yamagata Prefecture, mountains give way to the coast.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Japan's Best Ski Spots by Rail

Five of the best ski resorts in Japan, plus their great rail pass package deals. Order your Japan Rail Pass online today - 7, 14, & 21-day Passes available.